Cincinnati Christian defeats Dordt 3-1 (25-19, 25-10, 26-28, 25-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt dropped its fourth match of its season opening classic at the Loras Invite in Dubuque, Iowa.
The Defenders dropped sets one and two 25-19 and 25-10 before bouncing back to win set three 28-26. In set three the two teams were separated by three points at the most with Cincinnati Christian holding a 20-17 edge. Dordt tied the score with kills by three different players, Mark Tiemersma, Davis Konynenbelt and Kyle Vander Zee and an attack error by Cincinnati Christian put Dordt up 21-20.
The score was tied at 23, 24, 25 and 26 with Dordt taking the set on back to back points off a bad set and a Matt Moore service ace.
The Defenders surrendered back to back points in the fourth set with the score tied 9-9 and that started a run for Cincinnati Christian that saw them extend the lead to 22-14 before winning 25-16.
-Dordt had a .085 kill efficiency and recorded one service ace and had 11 service errors.
-Cincinnati Christian had a .276 kill efficiency and recorded ten points on service aces and had 52 digs to 48 for Dordt. Cincinnati Christian also had 12 points off blocks while Dordt had four.
-Mark Tiemersma had 10 kills and Kyle Vander Zee had nine with six digs.
-Eric Geels had five kills and 15 assists with 12 digs and Austin Lindemulder had 12 assist with seven digs.
-Andrew Kotsier shared team honors with Geels with 12 digs.
-Dordt is 0-4 this season and will play in the Tachikara Invite hosted by Park University in Parkville, Missouri on Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6.
COACH HANSON SAID
“This match was the most gritty and spirited match we have played. Our youth in this varsity season has some veteran leadership that is starting to form and is exciting to watch. Offensive production was a struggle but the great part about this sport is that the effort and tenacity of our play cannot be calculated on a stat sheet. We grew in many areas during this tournament.”